The New York Police Department has agreed to stop suspicionless surveillance on the basis of religion or ethnicity, as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit over the NYPD’s spying on Muslims. The lawsuit was filed after the Associated Press revealed the NYPD had spied on at least 20 mosques, 14 restaurants, 11 retail stores, two grade schools and two Muslim student associations in New Jersey. The NYPD had a massive surveillance program targeting Muslim organizations in New York, as well. In addition, the police department has agreed to pay 10 businesses, mosques and individuals impacted by the surveillance.
Will other departments commit to not using racial profiling to conduct surveillance?